Sergio Busquets has admitted that the chance to work with Pep Guardiola again could persuade him to quit Barcelona for Manchester City in the summer.
Guardiola has been appointment as Citizens manager from next season and the footballing world is abuzz with speculation as to which players he could bring in.
World Cup-winning Barca midfielder Busquets is one of the names to have been linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium due to his relationship with Guardiola.
The 27-year-old cites the 45-year-old as a footballing mentor and admits that he is one of only two people who could convince him to leave the Camp Nou.
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“I have always said there are just two persons who could make me change my decision to stay at Barcelona,” Busquets told ESPN Deportes, according to Sky Sports.
“One of those two persons is my wife. And she is happy here right now, so I don’t think there will be any issues on a personal level. On a sporting level, that other person is Guardiola. It’s clear that I owe Pep a lot and I would be honoured to work with him again.”
However, the 83-times capped Spain international added that he feels that Guardiola has too much respect for the player and Barcelona to make a move.
“He knows that Barcelona are my club and it’s his club as well. He knows it’s best for the club and for me to stay here and I don’t think he will ask me to leave Barcelona.”
Busquets has spent his entire professional career with the Catalan club, winning five La Liga titles and three Champions Leagues, as well as a European Championship and World Cup with Spain.
He would be a difference-making signing for Man City, who are short of class and discipline in central midfield, and would benefit greatly from Busquets’ European pedigree. One to keep an eye on…
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